Sunday, 29 March 2015

His Name Is #freethenipple

Jacket - Joseph, Shirt - J W Anderson, Jeans - c/o OPEN, Fedora - Topman, Septum Ring - Gypsy East Jewels, Shoes - Underground

Today is my birthday!! Happy birthday to me! Completely unrelated but worth mentioning haha! In celebration I will be going to see Dior & I with my housemate and then going for a meal with a few close friends. Anyway, back to this styling post, and this time I am coming out in full support of the #freethenipple movement. A nipple is a nipple, why does it matter if it's attached to a man or a woman? This outfit was actually going to be one of my fashion week looks, but I changed my mind last minute. I still liked the outfit though, so I though it was worth posting. You know by now I'm a huge fann of sheer clothes, so I'm getting my nipples out in this amazing J W Anderson shirt I bought at a sample sale last year. Over this I layered my Joseph fringed leather jacket, and added some bo-ho inspired accessories with my Gypsy east septum ring, fedora and buckle detail triple sole creepers. I completed the look with plain black skinny jeans. Support #freethenipple regardless of your gender and invest in something sheer.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

His Name Is A Dirge

Dress - The Freak Show, Blazer - Zara, Shorts - J W Anderson, Socks - c/o Item M6, Shoes - Topman

Photography by Dariusz Sadowski

Going to the Thom Browne event the week before last has really gotten me into Thom Browne. This look has been inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, which was all black and referenced mourning clothes and death. I treated myself this month to another piece from one of my favorite brands - The Freak Show. Shop the whole Freak Show collection here. I had wanted this black maxi dress for a long time, I love the high neck and drapey shape of it. I intend to wear it full length, but for this look I wanted to show of a bit of leg, so I tucked the front of the dress into a pair of shorts, and then layered a smart clean blazer over the top. I finished the look with a pair of knee high socks and my smart cut-out tasseled shoes. I think the combination of lengths really works for this look, with the unexpected bit of flesh showing in true Thom Browne style. And I'm definitely championing the genderless clothing trend - go fourth and wear what makes you happy.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

His Name is Lost at Sea

Top - c/o Notch London, Shirt - c/o OPEN, Trousers - Rokit, Fedora - Topman, Backpack - c/o Rokit, Shoes - Matthew Miller

Photography by Dariusz Sadowski

Notch London is a new menswear label born out of a passion for clean modernist design and meticulous detail. Their Spring/Summer 15 collection speaks volumes of the belief in simplicity, class and the art of understatement, effortlessly blending style and trend led silhouettes. As I'm sure you all know, this is right up my street, so I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with this awesome fledgling menswear brand. I was sent a navy breton striped short sleeve sweatshirt. I love how the brand incorporates interesting little details to make staple wardrobe pieces that extra little bit special. This top, for example, utilizes the reverse side of the fabric to give the back and front a really cool contrast. After falling in love on the Autumn/Winter 15 catwalks, I am now truly embracing the wide legged trouser. I found these vintage sailor trousers in Rokit over a year ago, and have been waiting for the perfect outfit to wear them with. I think they work really well with the top, giving the look a nautical nod, without looking like fancy dress, and they were an absolute bargain at only £7! I added some of my signature accessories to make the look really me - black fedora, cut-out shoes and my new black leather backpack (also from Rokit). For some wardrobe staples with an edge, you can check out Notch London here.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Editorial: New Beginnings

Finally, I can share with you the images from my first ever published editorial! A few months ago, while shooting with JC for the blog, we were chatting about my career and what direction I wanted to go in. I told him I was interested in getting into editorial styling, but thus far had no luck in getting any kind of work experience within the field. He told me the best way to do it is to just style your own shoot, so I did. I came up with the concept through looking at some of the major trends for 2015. White on white is huge for spring summer, championed by the likes of Graig Green, Jil Sander and even Rick Owens. Another huge, unmissable trend (and not just in fashion) is Androgyny, or the concept of genderless clothing, so I decided I wanted to use a mix of menswear and womenswear on my male models. From these ideas I put together a few mood boards for how I saw the shoot coming together

Once the moodboards were done, JC submitted them to modelling agencies and magazines to start pulling the shoot together. He found the most perfect studio which had the white walls and concrete floor that was in my moodboard images. Models came flooding forward for the shoot, but not all were necessarily suitable for the look we wanted to achieve. In the end, Jaimie and Sinclair from Space Model Management were the perfect choice. JC also organised Hair and Makeup - Rachel Williamson and Christiana Amakrah respectively, Christiana whom I had worked with in the past and therefore knew how fantastic she was. I discussed the makeup before the shoot and decided on white eyebrows, but I (as usual) changed my mind and decided to go for simple clean makeup with a darkened Cara Delavigne-esque brow. As we were unable to get a long haired model, I wanted the hair to be sharp and clean to fit with the minimalist aesthetic of the shoot, something Rachel more than achieved. After unsuccessfully trying to get clothing from various brand PR representatives (life's hard for an un-published stylist)  I utilized ever contact I could think of to pull together the looks for the shoot. A huge thanks to Sabrina Khan for making a pair of trousers especially for the shoot, and to both Studio Collection in Camden and Work for lending me all the clothes. I was going to use a couple of pieces from my own wardrobe, but decided against it as I wanted everything to be current season. So, without further ado, here is the full editorial (complete with us-published shots). If you want to see the editorial in print, you can buy your own copy of Meade Magazine here.

Photography: JC Candanedo
1st Assistant Photographer: Laure-Helene Dedieu
2nd Assistant Photographer: Thuy Pham
MUA: Christiana Amankrah
Hair: Rachel Williamson
Stylist: Geraint Donovan-Bowen
Models: Jaimie and Sinclair, Space Model Management

Jaimie wears -Shirt - Maison Martin Margiella, Trousers - Sabrina Khan, Jumper Scarf - Joseph, Shoes - James Hock
Sinclair wears - Dress - Alexander Wang, Shoes - James Hock

Jaimie wears - Top - Marni, Jacket - Joseph, Shorts - Issa, Socks - American Apparel, Shoes - Dr Martens

Sinclair wears - Shirt - Alexander Wang, Skirt - Joseph, Briefs - American Apparel, Boots - Dr Martens

Jamie wears -Shirt - Maison Martin Margiella, Trousers - Sabrina Khan, Jumper Scarf - Joseph, Shoes - James Hock

Jamie Wears - Dress - Alexander McQueen, Socks - American Apparel, Boots - Dr Martens

Jamie wears Top and Shorts - Joesph, Shoes - James Hock
Sinclair wears - Top and Trousers - Joseph

Jamie wears Top and Shorts - Joesph, Shoes - James Hock
Sinclair wears - Top and Trousers - Joseph

Jamie wears - Top - Roland Mouret, Briefs - Acne

Sinclair wears - Shirt -Byungmun Seo, Briefs - American Apparel

Jamie wears - Shirt - Alexander Wang, Jeans - MIH, Boots - Dr Martens
Sinclair wears - Shirt - Kenzo, Jeans - Joseph, Shoes - Dr Martens